Microsoft will cut OneDrive and Skype access to standalone Office users

When Microsoft launched Office 365 in 2010, Microsoft officials said then that customers were asking to move to the cloud. Beginning in 2020, some Office customers will need to buy an Office 365 subscription to do so.

In an update to Microsoft’s Office 365 system requirements released today, Microsoft said that consumers who have already purchased “perpetual”—i.e., standalone—versions of Office, such as Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016, would be cut off from accessing the business versions of OneDrive and Skype after mainstream support expires. Those who have purchased those Office suites will be allowed to connect until Oct. 13, 2020—the day mainstream support ends for Office 2016, and the day the new support policy kicks in. 

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Intel will provide early access to fast Optane SSDs via the cloud

Intel isn’t yet shipping its Optane SSDs, but they soon will be available for testing in the cloud.

This is good news for enterprise users, who are eagerly awaiting the new class of storage and memory shown to break SSD speed records.

Optane is based on 3D Xpoint technology, which is 10 times faster than the technology in standard SSDs. It also can serve as a substitute to traditional DRAM, but software needs to be written so parts of Optane operate like memory tiers.

Optane SSDs will be available at the end of the year to enterprises and gamers. Unfortunately for gamers, the cloud-based Optane test bed will be accessible for free only to enterprise users looking to test applications tied to financial transactions, machine learning, autonomous driving and other uses, Intel said.

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Gain access to an ARM server running Linux OS, through the cloud

If you want to play with an ARM-based server, you can now apply to gain access to one online through the Linaro Developer Cloud.

The cloud service was announced in March but has finally gone live. It’s mainly targeted at developers who want to evaluate ARM servers.

The free service is one way to access ARM servers, which aren’t widely available. Applications go through an approval process, and only those serious about programming for ARM servers will likely be approved.

Developers will get remote access to bare-metal servers with ARM processors. Linaro has said servers will have ARM-based chips from Qualcomm, Cavium, and Huawei, and users will be able to select specific hardware.

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Network World Cloud Computing

Juniper’s new access switches add to its cloud-focused lineup

Juniper Networks’ Unite architecture is living up to its name, bringing more enterprise network gear into its system for simplified management and scaling.

The latest additions to the lineup are entry-level and midrange access switches that also include other features for ease of use.

Unite, introduced last year for the EX9200 core switches and other Juniper and third-party components, is designed to help enterprises turn their own infrastructure into private clouds and link those to public clouds in a hybrid architecture. It’s built around Junos Fusion Enterprise software, which collapses multiple network layers into one for simpler management. That gives administrators a single point of management.

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Network World teams with IDC on new Cloud Access Security Broker study

Cloud Access Security Brokers are increasingly popular because they give enterprise IT shops a centralized way to control access to multiple cloud resources.  But are they worth it?  We want to find out.

Network World is teaming with IDC to field a survey of companies that have implemented or have experience with CASBs and invite you to participate. Your answers are confidential and will be reported in combination with responses from your peers.  As way of thanks, we’ll send you a PDF of the survey highlights and you will be eligible to enter a sweepstakes for $ 250.

To participate, click on the following URL or paste into your browser: https://response.questback.com/idg/casb2016/

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Net Access Successfully Completes PCI DSS 3.0 and Service Organization Controls (SOC 1) Type 2 Assessments



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Net Access, a leading provider of hybrid colocation, cloud, connectivity and business continuity solutions, announced today that they have successfully completed comprehensive third-party assessments validating that their data centers meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0 and Service Organization Controls 1 (SOC 1) Type 2 standards of control.

PCI DSS is a set of requirements designed to eliminate credit card fraud by ensuring that all companies that process, store or transmit customer payment card information adhere to strict information security controls and processes. Version 3.0 of this standard became effective earlier this year. SOC 1 is an internationally recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants developed to measure the internal infrastructure and controls that a services organization has in place to ensure data protection, security, and confidentiality. Type 2 standards focus on both the design and operating effectiveness of the controls.

These audits, which were performed by BrightLine CPAs and Associates, Inc., a leading provider of attestation and compliance services, examined the controls, policies and processes that Net Access has in place for storing, handling, and transmitting data securely. It included a rigorous assessment of Net Access’ data center security management, written policies and procedures, physical security, network architecture, user access management, network and systems monitoring, and software development.

“With these validations Net Access continues to demonstrate our commitment to security and controls in both our data center and our solutions, and underscores the investment we’ve made to ensure that our customers’ information and infrastructure are safe,” said Raul Martynek, CEO of Net Access.

“Our customers place a great deal of trust in our ability to protect their valuable data and technology assets,” added Jason VanderPloog, Senior Vice President of Operations at Net Access. “We are pleased to also be able to assist them with some of their compliance obligations.”

In addition to PCI DSS 3.0 and SOC 1 Type 2, Net Access also meets the compliance and reporting standards of HIPAA/HITECH, SSAE 16 and the US–EU Safe Harbor Framework.

Copies of all of Net Access’ Attestation and Certification documents are available upon request.

ABOUT NET ACCESS: For enterprises and organizations who depend on the 24x7x365 availability of their vital IT infrastructure, Net Access provides a single?source for the highest?quality, most innovative and reliable technology services and solutions. Unlike traditional enterprise technology vendors, we are inherently curious and passionate about constantly identifying, proving and delivering better ways to help clients manage their evolving technology needs. Learn more about our company history, our people and just what makes us different… and better by visiting http://www.nac.net .






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